Neil Ward


Neil Ward, 88, of Rochester, MN, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, May 21, 2022.  Neil was born April 4, 1934, in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England.

He married Shirley Constable in 1958. They settled in Desborough, Northhamptonshire, England and had five children.  Shirley passed away in 1984.

In 1985, he met Delia Pritchett who was working for the U.S. Air Force in England. In 1990, he accompanied her to the U.S. and they were married in Grand Forks, ND, where he worked at Walmart. Upon retirement in 1999, they moved to Rochester, MN. He worked many years at Willow Creek Golf Course in the summers and wintered in Florida.  He was a great storyteller, enjoyed golfing, watching British soccer, listening to and singing Irish music.

He is survived by his wife, Delia Pritchett, five children in England (Donna, Kevin, Neil, Dean and Darren), three stepchildren in the U.S. (Ken, Karen, and Graham) and many grandchildren and great grandchildren in both countries.

A memorial gathering will be held at Realife Cooperative, 825 Essex Pkwy NW, 1-4pm on Saturday, June 4.

Rochester Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Online memories and condolences may be shared at

3 thoughts on “Neil Ward

  1. I worked with Neal at Willowcreek for eight seasons. Neal was indeed a great storyteller and jokester. He also spoke with pride about his family. He will surely be missed by his friends and family. May Neal Rest In Peace.

  2. Rest In Peace Dear Neil, your quick wit, smile and fun nature will be deeply missed. You’ll have to teach Saint Peter how to brew the proper cup of tea, and I imagine that the putting greens in heaven are always open! Enjoy your wings- you’ve earned them!
    Love, Linda

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